Big change for the Middletons as they face bittersweet Christmas period

There could be a big change for the Middletons as the Royal Family prepare for their first Christmas since Queen Elizabeth's passing...

Big change for the Middletons could lie ahead; seen here are Carole Middleton and Michael Middleton attend day nine of the Wimbledon Tennis Championships
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There could be a big change for the Middletons ahead as they face a bittersweet Christmas period and the possibility of more to come. 


Last year Prince William and Kate Middleton enjoyed Christmas at their Norfolk home, Anmer Hall, after the Queen decided against hosting at Sandringham amid rising omicron cases. Whilst the Queen celebrated at Windsor Castle, the Wales family attended the traditional Christmas Day Church service at St Mary Magdalene Church. Reports suggested that they weren’t alone, however, as the now-Prince and Princess of Wales were apparently joined by Michael and Carole Middleton. 

This means that Kate’s parents got to spend Christmas Day with their Wales grandchildren, Prince George, Princess Charlotte and Prince Louis. But this might not be the case again this year as a big change for the Middletons could be on the way…

Prince William, Duke of Cambridge, Prince George, Princess Charlotte and Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge attend the Christmas Day Church service

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It’s now been confirmed by Buckingham Palace that King Charles will host Christmas at Sandringham, continuing with the festive tradition established by the Queen. It’s not yet known who will join him, but pre-pandemic many of the Queen’s children, grandchildren and great-grandchildren gathered for this special occasion. 

This included Prince William, Kate and their children and given that 2022 is His Majesty’s first Christmas as King and that they have just become Prince and Princess of Wales it’s highly likely they will head to Sandringham again this year. 

Though this could mean that Kate’s parents, Michael and Carole Middleton, won’t get to spend this Christmas Day with them and the Wales children. 

Prince William, Duke of Cambridge and Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge attend Christmas Day Church service

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The Middletons live in Berkshire which is around 3-4 hours away from Norfolk by car making a day trip unlikely. Before the pandemic the last time the Prince and Princess of Wales celebrated with the Middletons is believed to have been 2016. 

Of course, it's not known whether the Prince and Princess of Wales will definitely spend Christmas Day at Sandringham this year, but if they do, it might potentially be the start of a new pattern going forwards.

Given their new titles and especially since King Charles attended every royal Christmas when he was Prince of Wales for many decades, they might go on to spend most of the future Christmas Days with His Majesty and the Queen Consort.

Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge and Prince William, Duke of Cambridge, Prince George of Cambridge, Princess Charlotte of Cambridge followed by Carole, James and Michael Middleton arrive to attend the service at St Mark's Church on Christmas Day

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However, it's clear that spending time with their grandchildren especially during the festive season is something hugely important to the Middletons. Last year, Carole Middleton shared how she’d be making Christmas magic for her family and revealed her unusual way to include her grandkids in getting ready ahead of the festivities when she explained she buys another tree for them to decorate.

So it seems likely that even if they don't mark Christmas Day with Prince William, Kate Middleton, Prince George, Charlotte and Louis in 2022 - or for several more years - Michael and Carole will spend time with them another day around Christmas.

Prince William, Duke of Cambridge and Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge with their children, Prince Louis, Princess Charlotte and Prince George, attend a special pantomime performance

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And after two years of not getting to see the Prince and Princess of Wales with their fellow royals on the traditional Christmas Day walk to church, many fans will no doubt be hoping they and their children do enjoy the Sandringham celebrations with the King and Queen Consort in December. 

Emma is a Senior Lifestyle Writer with six years of experience working in digital publishing. Her specialist areas including literature, the British Royal Family and knowing all there is to know about the latest TV shows on the BBC, ITV, Channel 4 and every streaming service out there. When she’s not writing about the next unmissable show to add to your to-watch list or delving into royal protocol, you can find Emma cooking and watching yet more crime dramas.